Election Day will be warm but cooler weather is on the way

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Posted at 5:03 AM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 09:45:41-05

The Central Coast, and the rest of the state, are under a high-pressure system Tuesday. This means daytime highs will be on the warmer side and in some cases above average.

Before we reach the afternoon, morning commuters should be mindful of a dense fog advisory that is stretching from the north coast in San Luis Obispo County towards the south coast in Santa Barbara County. Drivers should be prepared to increase following distance and use low beams at least through 9 a.m. when the advisory expires.

For those heading to the polls Tuesday, bring a jacket for the morning hours as temperatures range from the 40s and 50s, but you likely won't need the extra layer by the afternoon. By the afternoon, most inland valley locations will have daytime highs from the mid to upper 80s. Trailing behind will be the coastal valleys with temperatures reaching the upper 70s to mid-80s, and most beaches will be in the 60s and 70s.

Northeasterly winds will be mild to moderate Tuesday with wind speeds up to 15 miles per hour, however, conditions will quickly change heading into the weekend. Two cold fronts will create a very steep gradient Friday, which will mean some areas will have temperatures 25 degrees cooler compared to Tuesday's daytime highs. At the same time, wind gusts could reach nearly 60 mph and there is a slight chance of rain in the forecast. Looking at the European Model Tuesday morning, rain chances for the Central Coast look slim and could fall somewhere at or below .10''. It's important to note that these are long-range models that are being monitored, so changes are very possible, as are with any forecast.